Not long ago, comic books, like video games, role-playing games and sci-fi fandom, were almost exclusively the domain of the boys. Over the last decade, this obsessive boys club has been forced above ground thanks to Hollywood's content mining, and previously niche culture like Iron Man, The Lord of the Rings and the Walking Dead are now blockbuster mass-market franchises -- even Star Trek has been made cool. This greater acceptance of the four-color world works both ways; women make up a larger percentage of comic readership than ever before. Tonight Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-9110 or www.starclipper.com) celebrates female fandom with Star Clipper Ladies' Night. This celebration of lady comic creators and readers is highlighted by a panel of local comic auteurs, including Jeanie Meyer Bryan, Shannon Dybvig, Marie Enger, Tabby Freeman and Rori. Star Clipper's Ladies' Night runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes free cupcakes, raffles, big discounts on comics, a special make-and-take, shoe-decorating project (BYO shoes) and everyone -- even the boys -- is admitted for free.
Sat., April 13, 2013